Leadership Team

Michael Auer | President
2016-2018, Austria

michael-auerMichael Auer is Vice Rector, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Senior Researcher at Carinithia University of Applied Scientists (Austria). He is a senior member of several engineering education organizations and was a one of the founders of IAOE & GOLC.

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Uriel Cukierman | Immediate Past President
2016-2017, Argentina

uriel-cukiermanUriel Cukierman served as IFEES President between 2014 and 2016. He is a professor and researcher at Argentina’s largest engineering school, the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN). He was host of WEEF 2012 Buenos Aires.

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Vice Presidents

Françoise Côme | First Vice President & Treasurer
2015-2017, Belgium (SEFI)

francoise-comeFrançoise Côme has a Masters Degree in Philosophy & Arts with a concentration in Socio-Psychology and Management. She is the Secretary General of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), an organization she has been a part of for over 20 years.

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David A. Delaine | Diversity & Inclusion
2015-2017, United States of America (ISTEC) 

david-delaineDavid Delaine is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Ohio State University (USA). He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and B.S. from Northeastern University. He is a former president of SPEED.

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Rohit Kandakatla | Student Affairs
2015-2017, United States of America (SPEED)

rohit-kandakatlaRohit Kandakatla is pursuing his PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He obtained a Masters in Embedded Systems, Bachelors in Electronics & Communication Engineering, is co-founder of FOOTSTEPS & former SPEED President.

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Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof | Capacity Building
2016-2018, Malaysia (SEEM)

khairiyah-mohd-yusofKhairiyah Mohd-Yusof is the Director of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Centre of Engineering Education (CEE). She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada). She will host WEEF 2017 Kuala Lumpur in November.

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K. Manivannan | Industry & Academia Relations
2016-2018, India (ISTE)

k-manivannanDr K Manivannan is currently the Dean of Planning & Development and Professor of Information Technology at RMK Engineering College, Chennai, Tamilnadu. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Fluid Mechanics and his M.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering.

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Executive Committee

Kwang Sun Kim
2015-2017, South Korea (KSEE)

kwang-sun-kimKwang Sun Kim is President of the Korean Society for Engineering Education (KSEE) and was one of the hosts for WEEF-GEDC 2016 Seoul.  He is a professor of Mechatronics Engineering at the Korean University of Technology & Education (KOREATECH).

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Michael Milligan
2016-2018, United States of America (ABET)

michael-miliganMichael Milligan is the Executive Director and CEO of ABET, a nonprofit organization that accredits nearly 3,600 college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology in 29 countries.

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Miguel Angel Sosa
2015-2017, Argentina (CONFEDI)

miguel-angel-sosaMiguel Angel Sosa serves as the Dean of Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Delta. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Consejo Federal de Decanos de Ingeniería (CONFEDI).

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Christina White
2016-2018, United States of America (NAE-GCSP)


Christina White earned her Ph.D. in Humanitarian Engineering Education from Columbia University (USA) She is the Global Chair for NAE’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program and a postdoctoral research associate with the Singapore MIT Alliance for Technology & Research.

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Yao Zheng
2016-2018, China (CSEE)

yao-zhengYao Zheng is a Cheung Kong Chair professor at Zhejiang University. He is the director of the Center for Engineering & Scientific Computation and the founding deputy dean of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

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Peter Kilpatrick | GEDC Chair (Ex Officio)
2015-2017, United States of America


Peter Kilpatrick is the Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). He is the McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He conducts research in colloidal and interfacial science and holds 13 patents.

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Office of the Secretariat

Hans-Jürgen Hoyer | Secretary General
United States of America

hans-jurgen-hoyerHans-Jürgen Hoyer is Secretary General for IFEES, Executive Secretary of the GEDC, and a Resident Scholar in Global Engineering at Marquette University’s OPUS College of Engineering. He has decades of experience working globally.

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Kayla Hellal
International Communications and Web Manager

Aldo Tase
International Programs Assistant

Gifford Cheung
Deborah Donovan
Kirsten Fledderjohn